Olympian Raven Saunder’s mom, Clarissa Saunders, dead days after daughter wins silver medal


Clarissa Saunders, the mother of Olympic shot putter Raven Saunders, died on Tuesday — two days right after watching her daughter acquire her initially medal at the Summer time Online games.

Raven, who stirred up controversy by building a symbol of protest during Sunday’s medal ceremony, confirmed the heartbreaking news in a Twitter article.

“My mama was a excellent woman and will endlessly reside as a result of me,” she stated. “My variety just one guardian angel. I will always and forever enjoy you.”

Clarissa died in Orlando, Florida, The Post and Courier reported. The mom had been remaining in the town for Olympic viewing get-togethers with other family members of US athletes.

“It’s just a horrible blow for Raven and her family,” the Olympian’s longtime coach Herbert Johnson told the newspaper.

Raven Saunders competing in the shot put at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on August 1, 2021.
Raven Saunders competing in the shot put at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games on August 1, 2021.
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Raven won silver with a 19.79 meters toss in the shot place last.

She lifted her arms in an “X” development in excess of her head in a symbolic protest though posing for photographers in the course of the ceremony

Raven Saunders holding her hands up in an "X" gesture after winning the silver medal on August 1, 2021.
Raven Saunders keeping her arms up in an “X” gesture following profitable the silver medal on August 1, 2021.
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The Global Olympic Committee is investigating no matter if the gesture violated “Rule 50,” which prohibits medal ceremony protests.

Raven said the gesture was to help oppressed persons “all in excess of the planet.”


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